Volunteer Service after Graduation
The Jesuit ideal is to form "men and women for and with others." One way to live this ideal is the "volunteer service year." Graduates spend a year doing service for and with those in need - especially with people who are economically poor or marginalized. Volunteers commit to compassionate service, a simple lifestyle in community, spiritual growth and commitment to social justice. Volunteers are provided room and board, health insurance, a small stipend, and usually student loan deferrals. Stop in campus ministry to talk to someone about the possibilities.
What kind of program can you serve with?
There are usually two kinds of programs graduates join up with: faith-based and secular. Faith-based programs like the Jesuit Volunteer Corps are based on the cornerstone values of social justice, spirituality, community and simple lifestyle. Volunteers live in community, eat together, pray once a week together, go on retreats and have support people within their community. Secular programs like AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps are based on the humanitarian ideals of making the world a better place. These programs are more individualistic and volunteers more often than not find their own places to live.
What kinds of areas do volunteers work in?
The following is a sample listing of types of work that volunteers work in:
Addiction Recovery, Elder Care, Legal Services, Adolescent Services, Emergency Shelters , Men's Programs, AIDS Ministry, Employment Services, Mental Health, Community Organizing, Food and Hunger, Educations, Children's Programs, Prison Ministry, Domestic Abuse, Health Care, Refugee/Immigrant Aid Education, Housing Advocacy, Women's Programs
To get more info or to apply, go to one or more of the following web sites:
Catholic Vounteer Network: https://catholicvolunteernetwork.org/ (Get info on many programs and find the write one for you!)
Jesuit Volunteer Corp: http://www.jesuitvolunteers.org/
Jesuit Volunteer Corp Northwest: http://www.jvcnorthwest.org/
Good Shepherd Vounteers: www.goodshepherdvolunteers.org/
Mercy Volunteer Corp: www.mercyvolunteers.org/
Alliance for Catholic Education: ace.nd.edu/ (Get a master's degree as you teach!)
AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps www.americorps.gov or www.peacecorps.org
Teach for America www.teachforamerica.org
CapCorps Lay Volunteer: www.capuchin.com/volunteers
Christian Appalachian Project: www.chrisapp.org
Francis Corps: www.franciscorps.org
Stop in campus ministry to talk to someone about these and other possibilities.
See also this page.